The 5: Best moments from Shane Doan Day ahead of Coyotes jersey retirement
Ahead of his jersey retirement ceremony, Coyotes legend Shane Doan on Tuesday joined Bickley & Marotta and Burns & Gambo for an hour each to reminisce about his 21-year NHL career.
He also joined Doug & Wolf earlier Tuesday.
The Coyotes will retire the former captain’s No. 19 jersey at 5 p.m. on Sunday prior to their game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Here are the five best moments from Doan’s day on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station:
A legacy in Phoenix
Shane Doan’s career is so memorable in part because he stayed with the organization through moves from Winnipeg to Phoenix and eventually Glendale.
With new Coyotes ownership a possibility and the future of the organization in Arizona still a topic of discussion, Doan said he believed his long run with the team would most be mostly forgotten in time if it moved to a different city.
He mentioned how the legends of now-defunct organizations get lost in the mix.
“If the team leaves, my career pretty much goes too,” Doan told Bickley & Marotta. “It was always kind of in the back of my head and something that I struggled with because there were always rumors of the team leaving when I was here playing so there was always that thought.”
The correct time to walk away from the game
Doan was known as one of the nicest players off the ice, but he always exuded a different level of intensity on it.
He said that displaying emotion and having an outlet for it — like fighting — was part of what made hockey so great.
Towards the end of his career, though, Doan said there were times in which his intensity lacked.
That helped Doan realize that it was time to hang up the skates after the 2016-17 season.
An itch to play again?
Doan said he had an itch to return to hockey at the start of the 2017-18 season but that it was short lived.
He also considered trying to play for Team Canada in the 2018 Olympics since current NHL players could not participate, but it never amounted to anything.
“When it came down to it, it was the right decision. It was time,” Doan said to Burns & Gambo.
The Coyotes put up a then-franchise high 90 points in the 1998-99 season and finished as the No. 4 seed before losing in seven games in the conference quarterfinals to the St. Louis Blues.
That Game 7 — a 1-0 Blues win in overtime — is considered one of the toughest losses in franchise history.
Doan agrees, but was more peeved by a playoff series loss to the Detroit Red Wings a season earlier.
The Coyotes took a 2-1 series lead on the future Stanley Cup champions then lost the final three games of the series, including two at home, to bow out of the playoffs.
Shane Doan, Jeremy Roenick’s party and a vice president
One of Doan’s former teammates and current NBC Sports personality Jeremy Roenick joined Burns and Gambo for a segment to talk all things Doan.
Possibly the best story to come from it involved a party Roenick threw in which Doan and former Coyotes teammate Brad Isbister were a tad bit underdressed.
According to Doan, they showed up at Roenick’s in cutoff shorts, plaid, button-up shirts and flip flops.
Very quickly, they realized they were out of place when people strolled by in gowns and suits.
Oh, and Doan saw former Vice President Dan Quayle at the party.